An update Audi RS3 hatchback has been revealed before the public debut for the BMW M140i xDrive and Mercedes-Benz A45 4Matic rival at the Geneva motor show early next month.
Following the passage of the new RS3 saloon, the 2017 model year RS3 hatchback adopts a strong re-designed variant of the Audi turbocharged five-cylinder petrol direct-injection, which is claimed to create even more acceleration without any damage to the fuel consumption.
Advertised as the world’s most powerful series-production of five-cylinder, transversely mounted 2.5-litre unit adopts a series of new developments, including a lighter, but more rigid all-aluminium crankcase in place of its predecessor, steel base. Receives, also, a new dual injection process Audi patented lifting system and a new, more free the exhaust flows, among other changes.
Power is increased from 33bhp compared to the previous RS3 hatchback engine 394bhp, while torque is extended by 11lb ft to 354lb ft between 1700 and 5850rpm. This provides Ingolstadt revised hyperhatch with 59bhp, but 15 lb-ft less than the turbo 3.0-liter in-line-cylinder-powered M140i and 18bhp and 4 ft more than the turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder propulsion A45 4Matic.
The increased reserves are channelled through a modified version of Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic gearbox with the new mapping software and a system of electro-hydraulic operated multi-plate clutch quattro four-wheel drive system, providing up-to-date RS3 with a claimed 0-62-mph time that is 0.2 sec less than its predecessor at 4.1 sec. As before, the maximum speed is limited to 155 mph, although it can be increased to 174mph on request of the customer.
In comparison, the M140i xDrive and A45 4Matic perform the 0-62mph in a respective 4.6 sec to 4.2 sec, while both have the same nominal limited 155 mph top speed.
At 34.0 mpg, the new Audi Sport model stated combined cycle fuel consumption remains the same as before, giving it average CO2 emissions of 189g/km.
The reworking of the RS3 hatchback receives a 20mm-wider front track and sits 25mm lower than the standard A3 sedan. It also receives standard 310 mm-diameter steel brake discs front and rear, the front ones allies to eight pistons. Even if, as before, customers can specify carbon-ceramic front discs. Standard wheels and tyres), meanwhile, combines a 19-inch cast alloys with 235/35 rubber all round.
The dynamic properties of the RS3 can be changed via Audi Drive Select system, which allows the driver to choose between three different modes: Comfort, Auto and Dynamic. Varies the properties of steering, gearbox, engine mapping and exhaust flaps. A more solid RS Sport suspension with adaptive damper control is available as an option.
The new RS3 hatchback is visually distinguished from its predecessor, with a redesigned front bumper. Incorporates a reworking of the six-corner grid with a redesign of the high gloss black insert on the honeycomb structure, a larger structure in brushed aluminum look – the bottom depending on which port the lettring “four”, and more RS3 badge. There are also larger air ducts and prominent splitter element.
Further changes were made to the headlamps, which are altered in shape in line with the rest of the facelifted A3 line-up. They are equipped with LED projectors with Audi matrix LED unit of the option offer.
At the rear, the RS3 hatchback receives a reworking of the spoiler at the top of the tailgate together with the alteration of the tail lamp lenses and a restyled bumper with a new diffuser insert and large tailpipes oval.
In line with the rest of the facelifted A3 hatchback line-up, the interior of the 2017 RS3 hatchback can be improved with the Audi virtual cockpit display. Replaces the standard analog instruments, with a model-specific RS setting, with the center of the speedometer with the pair, G-force and tyre pressure gauges. When the transmission is switched to the manual mode, it is also the high-resolution screen, also, requires the driver to climb with a color display.
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